What a beautiful Memorial Day Weekend we were given. The weather was warm and though sometimes overcast, the rains stayed away so the parade in Vineyard Haven went on as planned. You might have wondered where Anna Duarte, better known as "Poppy Girl Annie," was. After many, many years of selling red paper poppies to benefit the veterans, she reluctantly retired. Let's thank her for her devotion and service over the years.
The Memorial Day race in Oak Bluffs was very popular and many visitors arrived; some for just the weekend and others for the summer.
Many of my family members were kind enough to come, and they rebuilt the walkways to the house and I was assigned to just admire their work and grill the lunches. I did manage to read half of a new book that I would definitely recommend. The title is "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society." It tells the story of how inhabitants of Guernsey (an island in the English Channel) survived during the occupation by German troops during World War II. Although a work of fiction, it is true to life and very informative, as well as entertaining.
The Vineyard Nursing Association has signed an offer to purchase agreement for 29 Breakdown Lane in Vineyard Haven. The new property became available at nearly half the cost of purchasing their current building. For information about contributing to the ongoing campaign to purchase a permanent home for VNA, contact Amy Houghton at 508-696-0785 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the Friday Morning Conversations at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on Friday, June 17, from 10 to 11:30 am, the guest speaker will be author Tom Dresser, author of "The Wampanoag Tribe of Martha's Vineyard" (see below). Tom's book is newly available at The Bunch of Grapes bookstore.
A Summer Preview of Arts and Culture on Martha's Vineyard will be held on June 7 from 2 to 6 pm at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. Come and share your summer plans with those who promote arts and culture. This event is sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Arts and Culture Collaborative.
On June 22 from 12:30 to 4:30 pm, ServSafe Food Sanitation Training Certification and Recertification classes begin at Adult and Community Education of MV (ACE MV). The class covers all information needed for the ServSafe certificate exam from the National Restaurant Association. Pre-registration is required (online or mail), spots fill quickly. For more information, call ACE MV 508-693-1033, ext. 240.
Islanders interested in a possible Licensed Practical Nursing Program on the Island are invited to attend an informational session in the conference room at Windemere at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, June 7. If there is enough interest, the 12-month program would start in late fall or early winter. For more information, contact Lorna Andrade at 508-862-1953.
The final event for the One Book, One Island program will be a cheese-making lecture and tasting on Tuesday, June 14, from 10:30 am to 1 pm at the Oak Bluffs Library. Jan Buhrman and Jackee Foster will demonstrate American raw milk cheese-making, trace the history of agriculture and food systems, and compare European cheese making. A tasting will follow. Pre-registration is required by June 11. You may sign-up at the library. Space is limited for this free event.
Other upcoming events at the library are a painting workshop for young artists on Saturday, June 4, from 10:30 am to 12 noon led by Sondra Murphy. Participants may take their artwork home or exhibit it in a show on June 25. The program is free. Then on Saturday, June 11, from 10:30 am to 12 noon, Ms. Murphy will lead a sculpture workshop. Again you may take your artwork home or exhibit it in the June 25 art show. Free for all ages.
Important dates to remember at the Oak Bluffs School are June 3, Strings Concert, at 5:30 pm; June 4, Garden Party; June 6 through June 10, 8th Grade Trip to Philly; and June 7, Fine Arts Night.
Tom Dresser's new book, "The Wampanoag Tribe of Martha's Vineyard: Colonization to Recognition," has just been published and is available at local stores. The book is a history of the Tribe, with interviews and brief biographies of key members. It is a readable story that brings Island history into focus.
The American Legion in Vineyard Haven is once again selling lobster rolls and clam chowder at the Legion Hall every Tuesday, from 4 to 7 pm, starting June 7. You may eat in or take out. There is ample parking, so come and help support your veterans.
We send birthday smiles to Bert Combra on June 4, my sister Ann Hearn on June 5, followed by Hilda Mitchel on the 6th. Rory Moreis parties on June 7, Bob Murphy on the 8th, and Ernestine Kinnecom on June 9.
Enjoy your week.